400 reportedly displaced as Lagos demolishes houses

400 reportedly displaced as Lagos demolishes houses

– Several houses in a community in Lekki have been destroyed and burnt by the Lagos state’s environmental task force and some policemen

– About 400 residents have allegedly rendered displaced and homeless following the incident

– A member of the community who pleaded anonymity claimed the officers said the houses were destroyed in connection with the Lekki shooting incident

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The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Sanitation (Enforcement) Unit has allegedly demolished and burned some houses in Lekki on Wednesday, February 10.

The Punch reported that the incident let about 400 residents on Foreshore Road, Lekki, displaced, adding that a team of policemen from the Maroko division was also involved in the demolition.

A member of the community who spoke anonymously was quoted saying that the residents were only given 24 hours to remove their property.

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A car zooms past the damaged Lekki tollgate in Lagos on October 24, 2020.
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He said the officers claimed that the houses were being destroyed over the Lekki shooting incident.

The source added that the officers said they did not want to see anybody around the Lekki Tollgate and asked everyone to remove their belongings.

According to the anonymous source, the officers accused the community residents of testifying against them during the #EndSARS protest.

The Punch noted that the spokesperson of the police command in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the demolition.

He told the newspaper he would provide feedback as soon as got information on the incident.

In its report of the incident, Premium Times notes that the spokesperson of the environmental task force, Taofeek Adebayo, asked for 30 minutes to find out why the community was demolished when asked for comment.

The newspaper added that when he was reached later, he said the state police command should be contacted for comment.

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Members of the community reportedly witnessed the alleged October 20 shooting of peaceful protesters by Nigerian soldiers and had provided details of the incident.

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Meanwhile, there are fears that the Lekki area of Lagos state may experience another round of violence following the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate.

Recall that the toll gate was the venue of a violent crackdown on protesters during the EndSARS protest.

Some activists opposed to the reopening of the Lekki tollgate have planned a protest to occupy the toll gate.

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